Due May 30: Legal Intern for API Chaya, stipend included
The Legal Intern’s duties will include: supporting advocates to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or human trafficking with legal matters (immigration law, family law, protection orders and criminal law); accompanying program participants to Protection Order hearings; working with local legal aid organizations to better serve survivors; working in partnership with pro-bono attorneys assisting program participants; possibility of community organizing/engagement opportunities for interns working more hours; other tasks as assigned. Read more here.
Washington State Attorney General hiring for three positions
Due May 16: Assistant Attorney General – Regional Services Division in Yakima
Due May 23: Assistant Attorney General – Spokane Division
Due May 27: Assistant Attorney General – Transportation & Public Construction Division, Olympia
Equal Justice Works hiring fellows for Crime Victims Justice Corp.
Fellows will provide legal services, outreach, and education to address legal needs resulting from human trafficking and a variety of civil legal issues arising from victimization, such as family law, education, employment, immigration, and consumer protection, as well as enforcing crime victims’ rights. Organizations are seeking applicants that are recent graduates and are already barred. Read more and apply to organizations here.
May 15: How to avoid burnout while changing the world
Nip burnout in the bud by attending this interactive workshop with one of the leading thinkers on doing good while staying well. Beth Kanter is the author of many books about, and for, nonprofits and the social sector. In this workshop, she will lay out an action plan for doing high-impact work in a way that is healthy for organizations and individuals. Her holistic, down to-earth approach to leadership development will put you on the path to a happy, healthy career! Read more here.
May 17: Northwest Indian Bar Association Annual Dinner
It will be an evening of great food, fantastic auction items, and wonderful company on May 17th at Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall. Register here.
May 18: CLE on Legal Aid and Domestic Violence
Please join for a one credit CLE (.5 ethics) about Legal Aid as a Tool to Stop Domestic Violence with King County Prosecutor David Martin and ELAP attorney Rochelle Krebs sharing information on the innovative Project Safety. For more information, see flyer below. Foster Pepper Lunch included with RSVP to Brendan@legalfoundation.org
May 18: The Philip L. Burton Memorial Scholarship Dinner
Join the Loren Miller Bar Association in celebrating their 50th anniversary! Justice Adrienne Nelson from the Oregon Supreme Court will be the keynote speaker. Register to attend or sponsor here.
Due May 15: Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Clinic and Clooney Foundation for Justice ‘TrialWatch Legal Fellow’
The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Clinic (“HRI” and “the Clinic”), and the Clooney Foundation for Justice (“CFJ”) are seeking a full time TrialWatch Legal Fellow. The Legal Fellow would be appointed at Columbia University as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar or an Associate Research Scholar, depending on experience. The appointment will run from August 2018 to May 2020.
In connection with a collaboration between CFJ, HRI, and the Clinic, the Legal Fellow will play an integral role in the development and implementation of CFJ’s TrialWatch initiative. This initiative will monitor and respond to trials that pose a significant risk of human rights violations, with a particular focus on trials in which the law may be used as a tool to oppress vulnerable groups, to silence speech, or to target political opponents or critics. The Legal Fellow will also work in the Clinic, designing and implementing a clinical project in connection with the TrialWatch initiative, as well as contributing to syllabus development, seminar teaching, and scholarly research and writing. Read more here.
Due May 27: Columbia Legal Services hiring Yakima or Wenatchee staff attorney
Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Wenatchee or Yakima office. The Attorney will engage in systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy to dismantle the structures that perpetuate poverty, racism, and other injustices in Washington. This position will focus primarily on advancing legal protections for farm workers and immigrants in our rural communities, including employment, civil rights, and access to equal opportunities. Read more here.
June 28: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) hiring legal interns for fall
CEQ Law Clerkship Opportunity: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has a law clerkship opening for the Fall of 2018 (12-16 weeks), and is accepting applications from highly motivated 2Ls and 3Ls. Clerks are supervised by CEQ’s Office of the General Counsel, and provide critical research and writing assistance to both legal and policy staff on a variety of matters pertinent to CEQ’s functions, including oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Through CEQ’s participation in policy processes across the Federal government, clerks have the opportunity to perform diverse, substantive legal work, including: (1) Drafting memoranda on environment, energy, natural resources, and general law issues; (2) Tracking Federal agency actions on environmental and infrastructure issues; (3) Attending interagency working group meetings; and (4) Assisting with responses to Freedom of Information Act requests and other inquiries regarding CEQ’s activities. Clerks also have the opportunity to analyze recent case law and to help advise CEQ’s policy teams on legal issues. Read more and apply here.
May 16: Tenant Law Center Launch Celebration
Please join the Legal Action Center in celebrating exciting changes to our program. We deeply appreciate the support that LAC has received from the legal community over the years and we hope that you are able attend.
Due May 18: The Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship
1L’s who complete first year of law school by June 2018 are eligible to apply for $10,000 scholarship (no funding or job during summer 2018). Includes: summer association position for the summer after second year of law school – Summer 2019. Receive the $10,000 scholarship just before 3L year – Autumn 2019. For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit this website. Please direct all questions about 2019 Diversity Scholarship to Helen Beasley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due May 13: Legal Aid Services of Oregon hiring full time staff attorney
LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program committed to advocacy strategies that will have a demonstrable effect on community problems. Learn more and apply here.
Rolling Deadline: Western Environmental Law Center hiring post-grads
The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is a nonprofit public interest environmental law firm with a 25-year legacy of success using the power of the law to safeguard the public lands, wildlife, and communities of the American West in the face of a changing climate. We seek an attorney with 0-4 years of experience to join our team on a full-time basis beginning September 2018 for a two-year period with the prospect of an extension or permanent position contingent on funding and performance. Our preference is to locate this position in Eugene, Oregon but we will also entertain applicants interested in either our Taos, NM, Seattle, WA, or Helena, MT office locations. The position will defend and advocate for federal wildlife and public lands conservation protections across the Western U.S. Read more and apply here.
Rolling Deadline: King County Civil Rights Internship, Equity and Social Justice
The Civil Rights Legal Internship will provide a rich personal development opportunity and exposure to various aspects of investigation and enforcement in partnership with a Civil Rights Manager/Investigator. Some examples of what you will learn/be exposed to include: Basics in employment law as it relates to Title VII; Basics in administrative procedure; Case file management and mediation techniques; observation/liaison to Civil Rights Commission meetings; how to complete an intake, draft complaints and final determinations, jurisdictional civil rights protections and advanced interview skills.
If you have additional questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Seth Watson at email@example.com or (206) 477-5330. Apply online here.
Rolling Deadline: Swinomish Staff Attorney Position
Staff Attorney to provide legal advice and representation, document drafting and collaboration with a wide range of Swinomish Indian Tribal Community policy committees, departments and entities. Work may include contract preparation, drafting ordinances and policies, treaty hunting/fishing rights and management, environmental protection and habitat restoration, land management, Indian gaming and gaming regulation, housing and utilities, health care and/or social welfare programs, employment or taxation. Read more and apply here.
Check out these OCI events upcoming this week
12:30-1:30 p.m., April 30, Room 133: What I Wish I Knew Before OCI – Overview & Student Perspectives Panel
Not sure what OCI is all about? Attend this overview of the OCI and Resume Collection process and hear from 2Ls and 3Ls who have been through the process. EarthJustice, King County Prosecutor’s Office, Seattle City Attorney’s Office, Social Security Administration, and Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office have currently signed up for OCI, with more public service employers expected.
4:00-5:30 p.m., May 2, 2018, Room 127: OCI: Insights from the Interviewers – Employer Panel
What do OCI interviewers look for in a candidate? This panel of public and private sector OCI interviewers will give unique insight into the OCI process. RSVP required.
5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., May 2, 2018, Gallagher Law Library: Meet The Employers – OCI Reception
Following the interviewer panel, join additional public and private sector OCI employers for a reception. This is your opportunity to make a good first impression on the attorneys and recruiters participating in OCI. Refreshments will be served. RSVP required.
April 30: Radical Lawyering: Abolition: What the Work Looks Like, featuring Dean Spade
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Room 133. Contemporary movements are challenging the fundamental arrangements that undergird a deeply unequal and violent society, and envisioning a world without prisons or borders. How can law students and lawyers relate with these movements? What do we have to offer and what are the pitfalls of legal tactics that we should be aware of?
May 1: Stand with Immigrants and March with us on May Day!
It has never been more important to stand with immigrants and demand our government respect the rights of all people. Join the ACLU contingent at Judkins Park to help distribute Know Your Rights guides and carry messages of solidarity and support for our immigrant family, friends and neighbors. We are joining with march organizers El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition to call on all advocates to come out on Tuesday, May 1 for the 19th Annual May Day March for Immigrant and Workers Rights. Register here.
NWIRP hiring for two-year Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Fellowship beginning in June
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) will host a fellow over two years as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship will begin on or about June 1, 2018 and end on May 31, 2020. The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime survivors. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation to survivors of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant survivors of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief, and outreach and education to community partners. All fellows will incorporate crime survivors’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical providers.
Learn more and apply for the fellowship here.
NWIRP hiring full-time staff attorney for the Family Services Unit
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a full-time bilingual staff attorney to work in
our Family Services Unit (FSU) in Seattle, Washington. The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: direct representation; individual consultations; self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and community education. The attorney will focus on providing legal representation in various matters, but focusing on 1) defending individuals in removal proceedings, and 2) representing community members seeking immigration status through family visa petitions. The attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.
Learn more and apply for the staff attorney position here.
April Poverty Simulation Trainings
Staff from the Washington State Department of Commerce will be leading a Poverty Simulation Training for the DMCMA 2018 Regionals. This simulation is designed to help participants better understand the realities, complexities, and frustrations of living in poverty day to day. The experience will help those who frequently deal with low-income individuals and families. Trainings will take place all over Washington throughout the month of April. Click here for more information.
Register now for the 2018 LGBT Bar Annual Conference
The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law® Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for LGBT candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts.
By participating in this career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, LGBT rights groups, and corporate legal departments. If your organization wishes to recruit at the Lavender Law® Career Fair, you must register as a sponsor.
FOR STUDENTS: Nearly 300 candidates and over 170 recruiters representing law firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations interested in diversity were present at the 2016 career fair in Washington, DC. And individual career counseling designed to provide students with a safe, confidential space where they can ask questions about job search skills, being out on your resume, in interviews and in the workplace, and other related issues.
Click here to learn more.
April 19: The Question of Palestine After Trump
In early December 2018, President Trump announced that the United States will move it embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The announcement caused a diplomatic maelstrom for signaling a departure from nearly five decades of US foreign policy in the region. But is that actually the case? This lecture will provide historical and legal context on the status of Jerusalem and scrutinize US Middle East policy to demonstrate that Trump’s announcement was more of a continuity than a rupture with the past five decades of policy making. President Trump’s announcement is a departure for ending the double-speak in US policy, which has been in integral in facilitating Israel’s settler-colonial expansion in East Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank since 1967. Read more about the event here.
Columbia Legal Services gets major win for hospital patients
Last month, CLS won a class action suit to enforce local hospital’s legal obligation to provide charity care for people living in poverty. This past session in Olympia, CLS successfully passed legislation ensuring access to essential hospital care. The legislation and class action suit has the potential to impact 900,000+ people living in Washington.
“When patients aren’t aware that help with medical bills is available, the charity care system fails,” said Ann LoGerfo, Directing Attorney at Columbia Legal Services. “Instead of receiving free or reduced cost care, patients are pursued by debt collectors for medical debt, sending them further into poverty. And hospitals are exposed to liability for trying to collect on debt patients do not owe. No one wins in this scenario.”
April 20: UW Native American Law Student Association is hosting annual Salmon Bingo Dinner
The UW Native American Law Student Association is hosting the annual Salmon Bingo Dinner, a family friendly evening of bingo games and good food. Enjoy playing bingo; build community with current students, alumni, and Indian law practitioners; and, celebrate students’ effort to advance Federal Indian legal issues this academic year.
April 25: WSBA Community Networking Event
Coming up: Wayfind’s nonprofit legal trainings